Socratus

Solving Wicked Problems through Collective Wisdom

Reimagine

Re-Imagining Urban Systems

We approach this with the intuition that principal agents are embedded in a series of coupled subsystems - transport, pollution, sanitation; and that any systemic intervention has to take that architecture into account. As “cognitive architects,” we acknowledge we aren’t experts in any of the subsystems and yet like building architects designing a school, we hope to create the best conditions in which collective wisdom is evoked and aggregated.

Urban Air Pollution

Upcoming Wicked Sprint

Alternative Transport Systems

Upcoming Wicked Sprint

Urban Systems and their Wicked Problems.

India is approaching a majority urban population for the first time in our civilizational history.

It’s uncertain how India’s economic transition will look. The point of uncertainty remains that our transition must account for the dignity and aspirations of the multitudes inhabiting our cities.

How can we incorporate a “just transition” into our imagination of an urban future? How can that be done while understanding that climate change will upset all our calculations?

These “wicked problems” that “defy any standard attempt to find a solution. Consider one of the endemic challenges in urban India: sanitation. We can’t address it without incorporating cultural expectations about cleanliness and the caste structure; the overwhelming load on infrastructure (when it exists), the scarcity of water and the nature of urban settlements and housing. In other words, sanitation is deeply intertwined with all the other wicked problems that urban systems face across India.

Can we combine empathy for those suffering from historical injustices with a deep understanding of what makes cities work?